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Alex Sloan – Canberra Citizen of the Year

Emma Macdonald

Alex Sloan has been selected as the 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will make the announcement at a ceremony at the Canberra Museum and Gallery this morning, saying the recently-retired ABC broadcaster was being honoured for her commitment to “telling the stories of Canberrans.”

In November, after 27 years with the ABC, the much-loved ABC Radio Canberra Afternoons presenter announced her retirement.

Alex will be a contributor to HerCanberra on local issues and we have tracked her extraordinary career in our own in-depth interview with her here.

Mr Barr said the ACT’s highest honour was going to Alex for “for her service to the community of the ACT, through her commitment to telling the stories of Canberrans and giving them a voice during her 22 years with ABC Radio Canberra”.

He also acknowledged “her selfless support of a range of community organisations and charitable events.”

In a HerCanberra feature on Wise Women, Alex said “I love it that local radio presenters become friends, there is a trust there. There is the great two-way conversation, I would ask a question and back came the most incredible answers, Wikipedia eat your heart out”.

Alex presented various programs on ABC Radio Canberra, including Drive, Saturday Breakfast, Sunday Brunch, Mornings, and Afternoons. Over that time she supported artists, musicians and writers by exposing their work. Her time behind the microphone was marked by her warm, fair and engaging interview style and her Canberra Close Up segment and podcast was one of the most popular weekly features at the ABC.

Outside of her role as a broadcaster Alex has also been a long-time supporter of a range of charities, including Hands Across Canberra and Project Independence.


Image: Martin Ollman.

She is also engaged with the community through her roles on the ACT Place Names Committee, the ACT Architect’s Board, the Churchill Fellowship Selection Committee and The Australia Institute’s Writer In Residence program.

One of Alex’s first official duties will be to join Andrew Barr on Wednesday to participate in the Chief Minister’s Canberra Gold Awards. These awards acknowledge Canberrans who have lived in the ACT for 50 years or more and the contribution they have made to shaping the community.

The Canberra Citizen of the Year Award has recognised many citizens over more than 40 years including people in community service, the arts, the media, science, health, religion, business, sport and many other areas of Canberra life.

Mr Barr acknowledged 2016 Canberra Citizen of the Year Narelle Hargreaves OAM for her outstanding service to children and young people.


Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism - including a Walkley or two - along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials. More about the Author